Living with Intensity: Understanding the Sensitivity, Excitability, and Emotional Development of Gifted Children, Adolescents, and Adults

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Great Potential Press, Inc., 2009 - Education - 305 pages

Gifted children and adults are often misunderstood. Their excitement is viewed as excessive, their high energy as hyperactivity, their persistence as nagging, their imagination as not paying attention, their passion as being disruptive, their strong emotions and sensitivity as immaturity, and their creativity and self-directedness as oppositional. This book describes these overexcitabilities, as well as strategies for dealing with children and adults who experience them. It also provides essential information on Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. Learn practical methods for nurturing sensitivity, intensity, perfectionism, and much more.


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An anthology of strong contributions on the lived intensities of gifted children and adults, especially as they relate to five types of overexcitabilities (OEs)--psychomotor, sensual, intellectual ... Read full review

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This is a fabulous book - it explains so much, from a much broader and yet more specific perspective than many other theories on human development. It focuses on giftedness explained from the perspective of Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration, of which the Overexcitabilities more commonly known of are but a component, but it is not only a book about/for the gifted I think - it is helpful in explaining so many things about human development in general. 


Part Two Understanding Intensity Practical Applications for Parents Teachers and Counselors 31
Part Three Still Gifted After All These YearsLifespanIntensity and Gifted Adults 165
Part Four Current Research and Future Directions 237

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Susan Daniels, Ph.D. is a professor, an author, a consultant, and an educational director of Summit Center, a psychoeducational center that specializes in the needs of gifted, creative, and twice-exceptional children. She has been a professional development specialist for over twenty years, regularly providing workshops and training on creativity, the social and emotional needs of gifted children, and visual learning and teaching. Susan is co-author of Raising Creative Kids and co-editor and co-author of Living with Intensity. Her latest book, Visual Teaching and Learning: An Essential Guide for Educators K-8 was released in August, 2018, and it is a comprehensive guide to visual learning strategies and activities for the 21st century classroom. Susan is co-founder and director of Camp Summit for the Gifted where she teaches creative arts with an emphasis on mixed media and self-expression. She enjoys working with mixed media and simple line drawings in her own visual journals. Susan lives in Berkeley, California.

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